And once again, I post a creation that was built for a competition. This is the ISSC, or Interplanetary Sustainable Spacecraft.
About this creation
One day in school, as I was heading off to class, I was stopped by my technology teacher. She said that she had received an email from Washington DC. The powers of AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) wanted us (my team and I) to go back and compete again in the Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation competition. Now, some of you might remember the Flying Airport, my entry for last year's competition. The competition ruled us into third place, but the competition favored California, who took home first place with a grass powered buss. Yeah, we were defeated with that. Anyways, we were called back, on the premise that the competition would be fair. Since we were given little time to come up with a new idea, we just decided to take our Flying Airport, and kinda throw it into space. We then started pulling out some of the older ideas, such as the large wings, and added new things, like that huge disk. The result is the ISSC. Official dimensions of the ISSC (in real life) 6,000 ft, and will have a maximum width of 4,000 ft.
So the idea is broken up into several smaller "modules". The top disk is the Habitat Ring. This massive disk rotates, at 1.5 RPM. It creates artificial gravity in this area. Five different atriums supply oxygen, and prove the main attraction. Just below the Habitat Ring is the Landing Pad, as well as the propulsion/energy department. The landing pad is the area where smaller spaceplanes will land and deposit passengers. Since this area handles equipment and passengers, things need to stick to the landing pad via magnets, from spanners to spacecraft tires. The final modules are the energy and propulsion sections. These are further broken up into the solar panel pods, and the rocket motors.
Side profile. You can see the very bottom, or the solar panels, to the top of the Habitat Ring.
Here you can see the prominent main atrium located on the apex of the Habitat Ring.
The next few pictures consist of the ISSC in formation flying with smaller spacecraft. Details about the spacecraft are down below.
In this dark, under exposed picture, we see the landing pad, free of the Habitat Ring. In the center you see two, relatively large light-grey plates, connected to each other by other plates. Yeah, that kinda holds the entire Habitat Ring. They are seriously reinforced, of the actual parts might shear, a bit. Yeah.
A forward? shot of the landing pad.
Side view without the habitat ring
Rocket pods. Not really much to say here, except a WHOLE lot of thrust. Each run off of hydrogen, which is collected from, well, space.
Solar panel skis I MEAN pods. Yeah, okay, I get it. Anyways, these solar panels will create about 1.5 Terawatts of power each day, as these pods will be in space, free of Earth's relatively opaque atmosphere.
Yet another Apple Placement product ad. No, just kidding. Formation flying with Iphones. The smaller aircraft are miniature future spae shuttles. The can carry 250-290 passengers, so they are comparable to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
So here you can see the bottom. The two solar panels do look like skis, a bit. It was a hassle to transport this though. I had to line the bottom, as you can see, with those light grey plates. Otherwise, the entire landing pad threw serious tantrums.
The back. Very clearly you can see the rocket motors, eight of them on the dark grey cylinder piece (x2). In concert, they create A LOT of thrust (exact quota is hard for me to remember, but it pushed this thing into speeds approaching Mach 1,000, so).
The top of the spacecraft. Like I said previously, that rotating disk is the hotel/artificial gravity atrium, thing. And the bottom is the landing pad.
Huh. Well that is interesting. Practically the only picture of me you will see. Who am I kidding? That is me holding the ISSC. Standing in front of me is former (or soon to be anyways) Secretary of Transportation, Secretary Ray LaHood. To my left, is former Secretary Norman Mineta. Fact file: Mr. Mineta was the Secretary during 9/11. Why is this important? Because he himself ordered every single passenger aircraft in the skies to land. That man might have prevented any more terrorist attacks that day. Finally, in the background, is Secret Service. Okay. Right. My posture in this picture isn't particularly good. Now, the model was quite hefty, so. And my pockets were jam packed with stuff. So get off me!
Quoting Benhamin Eukatah
Like who could I find help to start it up again?
Uh, well like I said, look in those groups. Also, I would take a look at the Humungous Group, as they might have a people that might be willing. Take a look at my favorite builders list (though, I caution you, its very, very long!) you might see someone there.
Quoting Benhamin Eukatah
Well, this group is not very active and we need to start it up again... I though you would be a good catalyst...
Well, once again, I do appreciate that, but my activity will be dropping soon, as school will be starting up soon for me. I would take a look at some active members in large groups, such a iBrick, or X-Treme TFOLs; you should find some suitable folk over there.
Once again, its nothing personal or anything, but my activity will drop very soon, and I'm trying to keep the Debate Club running, and a few other things.....
well, you re 1rst place with me, that ship is genius! I have to design a micro ship for my Genesis serie, based on classic space, the premise is a team looking to create living conditions on desert planets, thus the genesis name, of course for story sake, something goes wrong, but, the ship has to be designed in a way that people can live in it for a long period, as [only you will know that...] it will crash on the planet, and sink under it s crust, so, they have to survive, and their ressources, plants, and animals must survive for months, I ll definitively look into your work for some ideas as they are quite brilliant! congrats!
Quoting General Electric
What a fascinating and original concept, I've never seen anything quite like it! If I may ask, where did you get the idea, and what was your design process? Thank you again for all your help in DA.
Thanks for the comment! This idea was actually a "continuation" of our Flying Airport project. We basically took our idea, and then threw it into space. Our design process started with my team looking at the short comings of spaceflight, and how each could (theoretically) be fixed. We then took each of those ideas, and then I built the model!